One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.



CPU & Memory


Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).


The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 425, 435 & 625 Mobile CPUs

Qualcomm has added three new mobile processors to its Snapdragon lineup. The Snapdragon 425, 436 and 625 boast improved functional, higher level of performance as well as longer-time of off-line operation for tablets & smartphones. The triplet entails 4/8 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores which run at 1.4 GHz (425, 435)/ 2.0 GHz (625 model) frequency.



The least efficient CPU is Qualcomm Snapdragon 425. It’s equipped with Qualcomm Adreno 308 graphics core and shows compatibility with eMMC 5.2 drive, LPDDR-667 MHz RAM, 16-megapixel cameras of 1280x720 resolution. Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 accommodates a more efficient Adreno 505 graphics core. It is able to cooperate with LPDDR3-800 MHz memory, internal eMMC 5.1 drives as well as external SD 3.0 memory cards.


In its turn, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is thought to be the most powerful CPU in the series. It is based according to 14-nm technological process and Adreno 506 GPU. This model can work with LPDDR3-933 MHz RAM and 24-megapixel …

Evga Launches One More Overclocked Graphics Card

Evga, a leading American supplier of 3D cards, is going to launch one more graphics card with factory overclocked speeds. A new model is based on Nvidia FeForce GTX 670 adapter and codenamed as Evga GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE. Its design resembles the one implemented in GeForce GTX 670 FTW card, but the main distinction between them is seen in frequency showings. The newbie demonstrates a bit lower frequency index than its predecessor.



Evga GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE is housed on a PCB designed for PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus. This card takes GK104 graphics core with 1344 CUDA cores as the basis; it is developed on Kepler architecture under 28 nm standards. Its inventory also embraces 2GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface). Cooling system is introduced by a 2-slot cooler of active type with a single turbine-like fan. Power subsystem consists of two connection 6-pin sockets and requires a quite efficient PSU (not less than 500W power).


Frequency template looks the following way: GPU runs at …
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